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LEC358
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10/14/13 9:55 A

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Believe me, if I could find men's small/x-small that's where I'd be heading.

What really set me off on this whole rant was the disparity in fabric in the selection of Under Armour shirts available at the race expo I went to. The men's shirts had good fabric/construction while the women's shirts had good designs but crap construction and daring necklines. If they had the men's shirt in small, I would have bought that but no such luck.



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10/12/13 5:45 A

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Easy way around this?

Buy the men's clothing!

I started doing this when I began working out because their clothes just seem to fit better and be easier to move in and last SO long.

Also, I buy Danskin products for my tops. They are not cheap, don't dip to the belly button, and are not that expensive. I wear them under my scrubs because they DON'T show ANY cleavage at all and all the scrub tops now are made to show everything when we bend over...

So anyways, men's clothing or try Danskin at Walmart. Good clothes, neat colors, and no cleavage! =D



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10/11/13 11:42 P

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This has frustrated me for years. The quality of women's clothing is so inferior. Look at underwear! Also, why are women's tags always scratchy???

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10/11/13 9:29 P

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Can you buy men's t-shirts and make them into tank-tops? I've seen how-to's on pinterest and places like that.

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10/11/13 1:00 P

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It's definitely not unreasonable. It's frustrating. Especially knowing why they do this. The reason why the fabric on women's clothing is practically dryer lint is because the people who come up with the clothing designs in the first place do everything they can to make it as cheap as possible to mass produce-saving the company who buys their design lots of money on materials. Once made and in the store, it encourages the buyer to purchase a tanktop to wear underneath it-that's in style!

That's what the designers had in mind when they thought of it. And since it is likely that the buyer will want a tank top for underneath it, it is more likely that they will buy it at the same store they're buying the original shirt. Not only that, but if it's a popular brand, they can charge at least more than double of what they paid to make it, but since sheer fabric is 'in', people won't think twice.

Women's clothing is generally made to be 'pretty', while men's clothing is meant to last. Next time you're in a clothing store, notice the quality of the jeans in each gender's department. The women's clothing will be thinner, or more delicate feeling while men's pants and shirts will be far more sturdy feeling. The same goes with underwear. For what you get, women spend more on underwear than men in general.

Sorry about the rant, but it is very frustrating.


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10/11/13 12:20 P

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I have 7 dresser drawers of workout clothes and NONE show wicked cleavage. Most of it my clothes are lululemon, ivivva, lole, runningskirts.com. The tank I'm wearing in my profile picture is from a new Canadian company called climawear and as you can see, no cleavage either.

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10/11/13 12:16 P

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I was at a fitness expo yesterday and I noticed that while the quality of the fabric and construction of men's technical shirts has remained relatively constant, there seems to be a trend for women's shirts to be of lighter weight fabrics (ie "slub cotton" that's practically see through) and (of course) to be lower cut in the neckline.

Regarding the fabric, it took all my strength not to ask the vendor whether the shirts are meant to dissolve in the wash. The seams looked like the seams I sewed when I was learning on my grandmother's machine at age 6. The men's shirts had none of these problems.

And as for the neck line, I like showing off my cleavage as much as the next 25 year old girl, but 'down shirt' moments while I'm doing dead lifts is not my goal in life. In addition, low cut tech shirts + a compressive sports bra = more cleavage than I'm comfortable showing a 6 in the morning.

Why aren't women's shirts using the same fabric as men's? Why do fitness vendors (all of them really) feel the need to cut necklines that would be at home in a dance club into gym shirts? What are my options besides figuring out how to a) screen print the (stolen) design I want onto the shirt I want or b) figure out how to sew knits and make my own workout clothes?

Am I being unreasonable?




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